BY SARAH R. GREGORY
Installation of additional trash receptacles downtown, sidewalk repairs, a solution for recycling, and more work on the Fairgrounds Road connector project are among priorities in 2014 for Greeneville's Public Works Department.
The issues were listed and discussed briefly during a Board of Mayor and Aldermen retreat Monday at the Clyde Austin 4-H Center.
Fabrication of trash receptacles with vertical slats for the downtown area -- what Public Works Director Brad Peters described as similar to Mission-style furniture -- is currently underway.
Locations for as many as 10 new receptacles are being determined in an effort to help keep the downtown area clean, Peters said.
SIDEWALK PLANS LISTED
Also among priorities for the Public Works Department, Peters said, is continued implementation of the Town's sidewalk replacement plan.
In the coming weeks, crews will likely begin work to replace badly crumbling sidewalks on Park Street, which connects College Street to Bernard Avenue, Peters said.
Work to add sidewalks on South Lake Street -- where there currently are none -- will likely be next, he said.
Another priority for the Public Works Department, Peters told board members, is identifying a solution for recycling programs.
At the present time, Greeneville has collection bins for paper and cardboard located on the property of a number of private businesses in Greeneville.
Jennifer Reynolds, of Keep Greene Beautiful, recently approached the board about implementing a plastic recycling program in the town.
Action on such a program has not yet been undertaken, but at the time of the earlier discussion, members of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen appeared supportive of implementing such a program.
During Monday's retreat, Peters suggested finding a centralized location for additional recycling containers instead of placing additional receptacles for public use on private property.
"I've not had any complaints from any of [the businesses] so far, but if we get to putting four or five bins there and stuff starts falling out of them, I can see someone saying, 'You're going to have to pick these up and take them somewhere else,'" Peters said.
"We need something centrally-located," he concluded.
The final project listed as a priority for the Public Works Department was Phase III of what is called the Fairgrounds Road connector.
Phase I began at Fairgrounds Circle, with Phase II being construction of Gass Drive, which connects Snapps Ferry Road to the Tusculum View Extension road.
Phase III, Peters said, will return to Fairgrounds Circle near the rear driveway access for the Greene County Fairgrounds.
From there, a new road will be created to connect to North Rufe Taylor Road.
When work on that project could begin, Peters said, is not yet known, as it is heavily reliant upon federal funding.
Officials hope additional work can begin in the spring of 2014, but no definite timeline has been established.